A completely insane Batman v. Superman casting rumor is making the rounds. Plus even more Star Wars rumors. Karl Urban's willing to do an animated Star Trek, and Renner talks a Hawkeye movie again. Plus, what's in store for Arrow after the premiere's big twist?
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This latest round of rumors all seems to stem from concept art. This time, it's an Imperial hanger, that seems to be the same "light box" entrance idea as in the original trilogy, but a hexagon instead of a rectangle. There are stormtroopers and a sleeker-style Lambda-class shuttle. As for the TIEs:
[The] walls have spaces in between the light panels in such a way that allows TIE Fighters to sit in the space for storage. The TIES are stacked four high. They are not directly on top of one another either as they follow the shape of the walls so they kind of staircase, if you will.
And now someone claims to have seen another piece of art that Making Star Wars speculates is from right before the other art that showed someone wielding a green lightsaber in a battle in front of the Millenium Falcon on the snow:
The scene is shot from the ground level. The ground is covered in snow. A lightsaber resembling Luke Skywalker's in Return of the Jedi (EDIT It is likely Obi-Wan's lightsaber from A New Hope) is sticking straight up in the snow, deactivated. If the sword were activated, its blade would protrude into the ground below it. The saber is just sticking out of the snow ready to be grabbed by someone. However, standing in front of the laser sword is a vision of evil. The figure stands with a red lightsaber activated. It appears to have a bald head, but the details of the face are hidden in shadow. Its left leg is either armored in chrome or robotic, it isn't entirely clear. Two characters, one appears to have fallen over, and the other wants the saber, but this evil figure is between them and the weapon that just may save their lives.
The figure on the right, who has slumped down in the snow, appears to be dressed very similar to Lando in The Empire Strikes Back and he may have a gun in his hand (its a bit impressionistic). I don't think based on the agility of the character in the sequence he's supposed to be 80 year old Lando but there have been rumors Oscar Issac's character dresses very similar to Lando with a cape. His cape flows to the side. The other figure on the left side is really just a silhouette and appears to have a cape flowing to the side as well, but it could also be "Kira's" scarf.
It's worth remembering that concept art is just that: concept art. Nothing in it is set in stone and we have no idea if any of it will actually make the final film. [Making Star Wars]
After the news of Obi-Wan adventures being planned, including one on Tatooine, Joel Edgerton, who played young Uncle Owen Lars, said he's ready to come back:
Well then I definitely have to be there [if it's set between III and IV], right? Or they're gonna get someone else? Am I too old for that now?
CS: You don't seem too old for it!
Edgerton: I'll tell you my one dream when it came to "Star Wars"… It was the only time in my life where a dream came true that I've never had. It was such a crazy kind of fantasy that came true, so crazy that I'd never even had the fantasy. "One day I'll get to be in 'Star Wars,' that was not even a sentence that would ever pop out of my mouth, yet all of the sudden it was like, "Oh, they're shooting more 'Star Wars' movies, and they're doing it in Sydney and God you look a little like that guy." It was the perfect storm, then that was me and I got to live that dream. Now, in the spirit of complaining when you have no right to complain, in the back of my mind I was envious of my brother because my brother was doubling Ewan. At the time my brother's main gig was as a stunt guy, so he did all the more dangerous elements of the fighting for Ewan. So he was a Jedi. My brother and I were both working in "Star Wars," and he was a Jedi and I was a moisture farmer. (laughs) I was just like "Awww! The only thing better than what I'm doing right now is if I had a bigger role in the thing, but also if I had a f**kin' lightsaber!" You know what I mean?
Karl Urban said that he'd be open to doing voice work on an animated series, and added that he looks "forward to establishing more relationships forming from the nucleus formed in the first two movies" in the next film. [Trek Movie]
Even though his character died in Into Darkness, Bruce Greenwood speculated on how Christopher Pike could return in the next film:
Well I think there is always room [to show Pike again]. But if they did bring him back, it is how they bring him back. If you bring him back as a memory, then at least you still serve a death as a death. So, you don't want to give him a dose of Khan's blood and have him bounding back into the room. Because the next time somebody dies it doesn't really mean anything.
Here's something based on nothing: Jena Malone's name has come up in casting rumors before. She's just died her hair red. So people are speculating that she's Robin. Which, the genderswap sounds at least plausible, but the hair color thing is just ridiculous. [Inquisitr]
In his Reddit AMA, Jeremy Renner once again stated his willingness to do a Clint Barton movie:
Am I interested? Always have been interested.
I always love Clint, and in the last Avengers: Age of Ultron, we got to dive into him some more. Very excited about the outcome of it, and where it can go in the future. But all I can do is want. And that's all I can do. It all comes down to the content, and really how the puppeteers at Marvel can manifest a story that's worthy of a solo movie. Not sure what that is, or how that is, but I'm confident they can do whatever they want, if they want to do it. And I'd be game.
Like Robert Downey Jr., he also answered a question about showing up on Agents of SHIELD:
I guess, again — those are questions that are tough to really answer, because it's above my pay grade, haha! It's not something I sit and think about. But I suppose if it was offered up, there's an outside chance it could happen. I haven't seen the show, so I don't know how it works, but I'm sure the folks at Marvel have ideas, and when they're strong enough, they'll bring 'em to me. But I love me some Clark Gregg, he's so great. We killed him and brought him back to life to do Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., he's so good!
[via Spinoff Online]
Writers Robert Baird and Paul Briggs spoke about how the Baymax flying scene came about:
One of the scenes we saw earlier was Hiro and Baymax the first time they're like flying. And that's one of those classic superhero movie, Disney moments that are give you chills. So obviously I understand that comes through when you're developing the story, storyboards, a scene. But how do you write it? How do you write that scene to convey what it's supposed to feel? Because once you add the music and the visuals it elevates it to a whole other level.
Briggs: That's a good question.
Baird: Well you know what, the movie had a version of a flying scene in it for a long time. And for some reason it was just 'Well they're flying. And it's fun.'
Briggs: It was just action for action's sake.
Baird: It's action for action's sake. So the way that scene started to actually work was when we said 'Well what's the scene about?' Baymax is a healthcare robot. And he is trying to help Hiro and he's trying to heal Hiro. That's what that scene is about. And at that point we said Baymax falls off that bridge because he knows that this moment is helping Hiro heal. He's bringing joy to Hiro. And suddenly the scene just started to work in a way that it never did before. And so and then you add the music and everything else and it elevates it. But I think you're feeling something because the scene is about something.
So you scripted in the characters falling off the bridge and stuff? Is that all in the script?
Briggs: Well I think we had the idea that yeah, he needs to notice – if I remember the pages for that – it was really well thought out and detailed, but it was kind of like we need something, I don't know if the fall was necessarily there.
Baird: I don't know if the fall was in there, but it was…
Briggs: We do need to recognize like the patient is being healed.
Baird: That's right.
Briggs: Like the treatment is working. And so Dean Wellins boarded that sequence. He's one of our best. He's a Director here, one of our best storytellers. And he also did boardedLet It Go and it's like 'Wow, that guy boarded a big Princess song, but then he also boarded this crazy robot flying.' And he's great at that, finding those moments of like 'Okay, we need to Baymax to recognize the treatment is working, so what do you do?' And he's like I'm just gonna do a deadfall off this… And it's like wow.
Director Wes Ball says the last novel in the series will not be split into two movies. He told Digital Spy:
I think three is the number; beginning, middle, end, that's it. Four? I think there's something off about four. For me, if I have any say in it, there's three movies basically.
Jai Courtney said that he can't imagine a Terminator film without Arnold Schwarzenegger and that the plan was to film the next two films back-to-back in 2016, perhaps because of Schwarzenegger's availability. He also seemed to confirm that Genisys will be PG-13:
I would love to see it be rated R, but I don't think it will. I think in this day & age, it's much more likely to be PG-13. There were no f-bombs. But there'll be a healthy amount of movie violence.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim explained the effects of Sara's death:
"The story implications for this development are so far-reaching for the show and affect all of the characters." For starters, it launches the mystery of "Who killed Sara?" which "will drive us for at least the first half of the year," the EP previews. "It will set Laurel on a trajectory that she's never had before on the show. It will create all these other complications and dynamics that I can't talk about because it would spoil stuff. It buys us a lot of story, and it speaks to all the things that we wanted to do this year in terms of Laurel's character, in terms of Oliver's character, in terms of Felicity's character.
He also says that the second episode will be focused on the aftermath:
"There's the question of, what should be done with Sara's body?" Guggenheim reveals. "There's the question of, who do they tell? Do they tell Lance, for example, that his daughter died a second time? There's emotional repercussions for everybody, but it definitely has repercussions for Oliver and Felicity. And it has repercussions for Felicity and Ray Palmer. And obviously, for Laurel. Laurel's very much at the center of that episode. We're also going to turn to a suspect in the killing."
Below's the synopsis for "Sara." Go here for photos.
COLIN DONNELL RETURNS AS TOMMY MERLYN IN A FLASHBACK; MATT WARD GUEST STARS AS SIMON LACROIX, AKA KOMODO — Lance (Paul Blackthorne) calls the Arrow (Stephen Amell) when another archer appears in town and starts skewering businessmen. Diggle (David Ramsey) uses A.R.G.U.S. to find the archer's identity; he is a man named Simon Lacroix (guest star Matt Ward), who goes by the codename Komodo. However, the team hits a rough patch with the mission and gets help from a surprising source – Laurel (Katie Cassidy). Meanwhile, Oliver begins to worry that he hasn't heard from Thea (Willa Holland), which forces Roy (Colton Haynes) to tell him the truth about why she left town. Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) pursues Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards). In the flashback, Maseo (guest star Karl Yune) tells Oliver that Amanda Waller has ordered his first kill. As Oliver looks down the scope of the rifle, he sees the target is his best friend, Tommy (guest star Colin Donnell). Despite her promise to her sister, Laurel debates sharing a secret about Sara (Caity Lotz) with Lance. Wendey Stanzler directed the episode written by Jake Coburn & Keto Shimizu (#302). Original airdate 10/15/2014.
Here's the promo for episode 3.02, "Sara." [via SpoilerTV]
CW President Mark Pedowitz hinted that a third character could be getting a series, saying:
There are discussions going on, but I can't tell you what they are.
Here's the cast list for episode 8.09, "Flatline":
Roscoe - John Cummins
PC Forrest - Jessica Hayles
Rigsy - Joivan
Wade Fenton - Christopher Fairbank
Al - Matt Bardock
George - Raj Bajaj
Bill - James Quinn
Clara - Jenna Coleman
Danny - Samuel Anderson
Missy - Michelle Gomez
Here are a things to look for in episode 8.08, "Mummy on the Orient Express," according to Doctor Who Online:
1) Would you like a Jelly Baby?
2) "Goodbye to the good times…"
3) Don't stop me now…
More at the link. [Doctor Who Online]
Victor Garber has been cast as Dr. Martin Stein, and will show up first in episode 12. In the comics, he's half of Firestorm. On the CW, Stein is described as "a brilliant but arrogant nuclear physicist who has sacrificed everything, including a marriage, for his work in transmutation. After he discovers the particle accelerator fused him with the younger, more impulsive Ronnie Raymond (Robbie Amell), he races to find a way to separate the two before it's too late." [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's the synopsis for episode 2. Go here for photos.
"The Fastest Man Alive": BARRY HAS FUN WITH HIS NEW POWERS BUT A SETBACK MAKES HIM QUESTION HIS ABILITY TO BE A HERO — Barry (Grant Gustin) escorts Iris (Candice Patton) to a university gathering honoring scientist Simon Stagg (guest star William Sadler). When six gunmen storm the event, Barry changes into The Flash and tries to stop them. While he does save a man's life, he passes out before he can capture the robbers, which frustrates him. As Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) scramble to find out what's wrong with Barry, Joe (Jesse Martin) comes down hard on Barry for taking the law into his own hands and risking his life. Barry realizes that it wasn't six gunmen but a metahuman named Danton Black (guest star Michael Christopher Smith), who can make multiples of himself. Meanwhile, Iris becomes even more intrigued by the "red streak." David Nutter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns (#102). Original airdate 10/14/2014.
Here's Norman Reedus on where Daryl is this season:
I think he's definitely falling into his own. He has less of a chip than he used to have on his shoulder, for sure. He definitely feels that he belongs with these people and he looks at himself differently. He has more confidence. He doesn't question himself in regards to who he is and where he came from. I think he's blended in nicely with this group as somebody who can lead a mission, who can protect himself, protect others, and he thinks that other people think the same thing about him — that he's someone to follow now, so he's a lot more comfortable with who he is as a person. There's a side to him that, when you go through a loss and a sense of security and you survive it and you lead other people to a certain direction, it brings out a certain element in you that is an air of confidence that maybe you didn't have before. I mean, he's still exactly the same guy, he'll flip out on you [laughs], but he no longer thinks of himself as somebody that's an outsider. He went back to get Michonne and Rick. He's somebody who has proven himself to himself so he's sort of a different person right now.
Ryan Murphy gave the low-down on what we'll learn about Twisty the Clown:
When we first started to do Twisty, he was the same character. Then it was my boss Dana Walden who said I think you need to do something physically with him so that he's different than the other clowns we've seen in pop culture. The clown is such a trope in that genre. So we worked a little bit before we even started to write on the backstory and we really came up with a gruesome, hideous story that you find out in episode four. You see the bottom part of his face in episode two. But in episode four we spend a lot of time with that and you see it more and you learn what is going on with him and it's really awful and scary.
A lot of people are freaked out by this clown. A couple people walked out on the premiere because they were too upset by the clown. I personally don't have that phobia but I understand that people do. To them I say, watch it in the daytime because it only gets worse.
Will we eventually understand his end game?
Yeah you will find out very early on, like why is he collecting children in the school bus?
And at the end he sees the freak show troupe disposing of the cop's body. Will he hold that over them?
Well yeah. All I'll say about that is Twisty is not to be trusted. He's specifically plotting something and you find out why he's doing what he's doing.
He seems to not like the freak show and we'll find out why?
Oh yeah. He hates them.
He also previewed next week:
We meet Michael Chiklis and Angela Bassett's characters that I love. And Dandy, whose catchphrase is, "I'm bored. I'm so bored," finally finds something that does not bore him, which is Twisty. So we explore that and that plays out over several episodes.
Are they gonna be like Bonnie & Clyde?
Well let it suffice to say that Dandy becomes Twisty's apprentice.
More at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
A TV series that's a prequel to the films is being made DHX Media, who signed a deal with Sony. [Coming Soon]
Below is the synopsis for episode 10.02, "Reichenbach." Go here for photos.
CROWLEY TELLS DEAN THE MARK NEEDS TO BE FED — Crowley (Mark Sheppard) notices Dean (Jensen Ackles) is becoming more and more aggressive. Dean tells him that's the side effect of being a demon, but Crowley knows it's something more - the Mark of Cain needs to be fed. Meanwhile, Sam (Jared Padalecki) is captured by Cole (guest star Travis Aaron Wade), an angry man who blames Dean for his father's death years ago and wants revenge. Cole tortures Sam, hoping he'll tell him where Dean is hiding. Hannah (guest star Erica Carroll) sees how weak Castiel (Misha Collins) is becoming as his grace continues to fade, so she makes a bold choice and asks Metatron (guest star Curtis Armstrong) for help. Thomas J. Wright directed the episode written by Andrew Dabb (#1003). Original airdate 10/14/2014.
The new Syfy series will premiere on January 16th.
Here's a clip from next week's episode. [via Coming Soon]
Here are photos of Laura Mennell as Dr. Charlotte Cross, a "brilliant epidemiologist from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." [TV Line]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller